15 items from 2014
The Die Hard series may be alive and well, but there's a unique story behind the writing of each one…
As any action fanatic will tell you, Die Hard is among the best films of its type ever made. Tautly directed by John McTiernan, deceptively well shot by cinematographer Jan de Bont, and full of charismatic turns from Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia, it’s seldom been bettered, even by its sequels.
The key to the first film's success, and the sequels in their best moments, is hero John McClane. Tough, sarcastic but ultimately human and relatable, he cuts a very different figure from the beefed-up, larger-than-life heroes of 1980s and 90s action cinema. When John McClane gets shot or injured, he actually feels pain. It's something we were keenly aware of in the 1988 original, but gradually ebbed away as the Die Hard franchise drifted from thriller territory »
Mark Wahlberg wants to wipe his criminal record clean so he can become a reserve officer ... TMZ has learned. Wahlberg has filed legal docs in Boston with the Massachusetts Parole Board, asking to expunge his 1988 felony assault conviction. The actor beat two men and left one partially blind.Mark is still a felon, and he wants to join a L.A. area police force as a reservist. The problem ... he's not eligible because felons can't »
- TMZ Staff
Last year Mark Wahlberg was on a roll. He showed he hadn’t lost any of his comedic chops from I Heart Huckabees in his comically sincere work in Pain & Gain and he delivered a refreshingly unshowy performance in Lone Survivor. What followed those two performances, which displayed what a wide-range he has, was Transformers: Age of Extinction, where Wahlberg played a Texan with a slippery Boston accent. After recently trying to revisit that film — which I gave up on 20 minutes into its 20 hour hour running time — it became noticeably clear that, strangely, Wahlberg isn’t really an action star. He undoubtably has the presence for those roles, but when you look at his track record in the genre — Max Payne, Planet of the Apes, and more — he never delivers the caliber of performances we know he’s capable of. Of course that kind of material generally doesn’t offer the juiciest of characters, but »
- Jack Giroux
Pierce Brosnan's The November Man opens this weekend (you can read our review here), and while a sequel has already been announced, there's also another thriller in the works starring the actor. Deadline is reporting John Moore (A Good Day To Die Hard, Max Payne) has been hired by Voltage Films for I.T. Terminator 2: Judgment Day scribe William Wisher Jr. will rewrite Dan Kay's (Timber Falls, Pay The Ghost) original draft of the script for I.T., and »
- Jesse Giroux
We first reported on this project back in October 2013, when Pierce Brosnan signed on to play a successful book publisher whose friendship with a young I.T. consultant goes awry. The publisher soon finds his life being turned upside down, as his former friend begins threatening everything and everyone close to him.
William Wisher Jr. (The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Abyss, Live Free or Die Hard) has signed on to rewrite the original script by Daniel Kay, and he will also serve as co-executive producer. Nicolas Chartier and Craig J. Flores are producing through their Voltage Pictures company, alongside Friendly Films' David T. Friendly and Pierce Brosnan's producing partner Beau St. Clair. No production schedule was given, but Voltage will be selling the project »
Pierce Brosnan returns to the thriller genre this weekend with The November Man, and now another action-oriented picture of his has landed a director. Deadline reports that A Good Day to Die Hard helmer John Moore has been tapped to direct I.T., which will star Brosnan as a publisher who is tormented via technology when his relationship with a young I.T. consultant goes south. Moreover, William Wisher Jr. (Terminator 2, The 13th Warrior) has been tapped to rewrite the screenplay for the Voltage Films picture, which was originally penned by Dan Kay. In addition to the atrocious A Good Day to Die Hard, Moore’s directing credits also include Max Payne and Behind Enemy Lines. Producers are currently looking to cast the antagonist role—that of the dreaded I.T. consultant—in anticipation of beginning production on the thriller this fall. Brosnan is also attached to star in a November Man sequel »
- Adam Chitwood
In the middle of a very impressive press conference from Microsoft, Sam Lake of Remedy Entertainment gave Xbox owners their first look at one of the console’s most intriguing exclusives, Quantum Break.
In Quantum Break you play as Jack Joyce, and due to a failed time travel experiment, you are now imbued with the ability to control time. Lake describes the game as “time amplified, action gameplay.” Take note, sci-fi fans.
At its core the gameplay breaks down to being a third person shooter, but added to the action is the fact that Jack can slow down time and even use his ability to stop bullets. This game is clearly walking in the path once blazed by Max Payne.
But the failed experiment had averse effects beyond Jack. Time itself is now rifting and stopping at certain intervals. Developers call the phenomena “stutters.” The game's big bad, Monarch Solutions, »
- Scott Dell
Now that he is the new human face of Michael Bay’s Transformers series with a leading role in Age of Extinction, Mark Wahlberg finally seems to have a viable franchise going for him (along with Ted 2), after the ill-fated Max Payne movie proved ultimately forgettable, and presumed follow-ups to The Italian Job and Planet of the Apes never materialized.
Transformers 4 has its detractors, but the film’s worldwide box office take is edging toward $600 million, and with Wahlberg coming off of the (mostly) well-received 2 Guns and Lone Survivor – both of which were successful at the box office – his star is arguably as high as it’s ever been. Thus, now is as good a time as any ...
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- Anthony Vieira
So maybe we all can just agree to disagree about Transformers. The critical establishment collectively agreed to give Michael Bay the benefit of the doubt with 2011′s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which earned semi-decent reviews mainly because it was less obnoxiously worse than Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. But Trans4mers led that same critical establishment into hilarious paroxysms of scathing invective. (EW’s own Chris Nashawaty called it “numbing, exhausting, and migraine-inducing.”) Predictably, the movie made $100 million over the weekend.
Bad movies have made a lot of money since forever. There’s a generation of young-dude moviegoers who »
- Darren Franich
Mark Wahlberg has made a solid career leaping from one genre from another. He has tackled dramas like Lone Survivor and The Fighter. He's gone action hero in Max Payne and the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction. But for me, Wahlberg is at his best in comedies, be it as a teddy bear-loving manchild in Ted, a philosophically tormented firefighter in I Heart Huckabees, or a sociopathic body builder in Pain & Gain. So color me stoked that he is lining up to join the Will Ferrell comedy Daddy's Home. Deadline reports Mark Wahlberg has entered into negotiations with Paramount Pictures to co-star in Daddy's Home, a laffer the studio is hot to shoot soon. If the deal is closed, Wahlberg would be reuniting with Will Ferrell, with whom he starred in the hit 2010 action-comedy The Other Guys. You might well recall that buddy-cop movie had the pair playing partners who »
Officially revealed at last year's E3, Remedy Entertainment and Microsoft have revealed a new video for their upcoming game Quantum Break, from the creators of Max Payne and Alan Wake. In the video, creative director Sam Lake reveals they'll be debuting Quantum Break's signature, time-amplified gameplay at Gamescom later this summer instead of E3, but he goes on to show some new footage from the game which you can check out in the player below. »
You know, at the very beginning I was a fan of Law & Order: Svu. It probably goes without saying that I’m not inclined to be a fan of anything after 40 or 50 seasons (or whatever this show is on), but beyond the general boredom of a show that has outlived its usefulness, Svu started going downhill after two seasons, and simply wasn’t the same show anymore.
Well, whatever, such is my humble anyway.
As if to specifically mess with me, the show is now forcing me to watch it again, as Donal Logue has been given a recurring role. Fresh off of three of the coolest shows, and roles, you’re going to run into (Copper, Vikings, and Sons of Anarchy), Logue will continue the role as acting commander of the Svu.
The show returns on the 30th, and the Grey’s Anatomy-esque fun continues as Mariska Hargitay‘s character… »
- Marc Eastman
Parenthood offers many unique joys - and Beau Bridges is excited former costar Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are about to experience them."It's the beginning of a great chapter for them," Bridges told People at the "A Night at Sardi's" benefit for the Alzheimer's Association Wednesday in Beverly Hills. Bridges, 72, worked with Kunis, 30, in the 2008 film Max Payne and made it clear the pregnant star is motherhood material. "Oh, she's a sweet girl. I really enjoyed working with Mila," he said. "I wish them all the best." A parental stamp of approval from Bridges certainly means something, considering The Millers »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd
Mark Wahlberg arrived on our screens back in the mid 90’s with roles in movies like Basketball Diaries and The Substitute. Since then he has gone on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest and best known leading men.
His career has been one of the most eclectic in Hollywood, having worked in Academy Award winning films like The Departed and The Fighter, to critical duds like the Planet of the Apes and Max Payne. He has also had the privilege of working with some of the best directors in the business including Martin Scorsese, David O Russell and Paul Thomas Anderson, though he has also worked with Michael Bay.
Mark’s latest movie Lone Survivor, the story of a group of solider trapped at the top of the mountain having to fight out terrorists hits cinemas this Friday.
With that in mind we’ve decided to take a look »
- Liam Hoofe
It will be an on-screen reunion for the two former stars of That ’70s Show. Mila Kunis is set for a guest appearance on an episode of Two And A Half Men in April opposite her real-life beau Ashton Kutcher, CBS has confirmed. She’ll play Vivian, a beautiful, free-spirited world traveler who shows up on Walden’s (Kutcher) doorstep. Walden feels an instant connection with her, convinced she’s “the one.” The problem is, Walden was about to propose to someone else. Kunis is best known on TV for her roles in ‘70s Show and Family Guy. Her film credits include 2010′s Oscar-nominated Black Swan, Oz The Great And Powerful, Ted, Friends With Benefits, Date Night, The Book Of Eli, Extract, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Max Payne. She can next be seen in Jupiter Ascending opposite Channing Tatum, and Third Person, which will be released in June. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
15 items from 2014
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